The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It

Meenakshi Gigi Durham


The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It

The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It

  • Title: The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It
  • Author: Meenakshi Gigi Durham
  • ISBN: 9781590200636
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Hardcover



Pop culture and the advertising that surrounds it teaches young girls and boys five myths about sex and sexuality Girls don t choose boys boys choose girls but only sexy girls There s only one kind of sexy slender, curvy, white beauty Girls should work to be that type of sexy The younger a girl is, the sexier she is Sexual violence can be hot.Together, thesePop culture and the advertising that surrounds it teaches young girls and boys five myths about sex and sexuality Girls don t choose boys boys choose girls but only sexy girls There s only one kind of sexy slender, curvy, white beauty Girls should work to be that type of sexy The younger a girl is, the sexier she is Sexual violence can be hot.Together, these five myths make up the Lolita Effect, the mass media trends that work to undermine girls self confidence, that condone female objectification, and that tacitly foster sex crimes But identifying these myths and breaking them down can help girls learn to recognize progressive and healthy sexuality and protect themselves from degrading media ideas and sexual vulnerability In The Lolita Effect, Dr M Gigi Durham offers breakthrough strategies for empowering girls to make healthy decisions about their own sexuality.


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I suppose the shelf might be more accurate as skimmed. This is a book that touches on and "attempts" to cover an important subject. The author does a good job of trying to look at it. I believe that she is struggling a bit against her own preconceptions and predetermined ideas and attitudes however.I agree with her that we need to avoid things like censorship. This gives her a problem however which she runs up against when she suggests things like "positive media". The same problem arises when s [...]

I have an 11 year old daughter and like my mother before me, I am sure she felt we matured faster as well, and I find it happens with every generation. When my daughter was in a dance company there was always a balance on that line of child and grown up. We often saw girls as young as 8 looking like hookers in fishnets with kohl lined eyes, cherry red lips. Luckily my daughter's company didn't exploit girls (run by a mother and daughter team). The media (without a doubt) sexualizes women and cer [...]

While I can appreciate the cause, the execution was sorely lacking. The book was largely scare-tactics and repetition. The vocabulary was extensive to the point of needless and yet she used some form of the word sex (sexual, sexuality, sexualization, or just sex) in nearly every sentence. She argued each "myth" to the point of exhaustion. She used studies at a rapid fire pace to support her arguments, but only with the worst-case facts. She also didn't feel it necessary to in-text cite most of t [...]

Ok, maybe four stars is more accurate; I couldn't decide if I liked it because it was my first feminist theory book that I've read in a while--part theory, part pop culture, and I was excited to get back into the argument or if I really liked it. I certainly took a lot of notes from it. I think it had a point and it was thought out and argued. I particuarly like her point that Lolita's real character in the book is always forgotten and ignored while Humbert Humbert's view of her has become what [...]

This book made me so angry. I don't watch TV shows, because they're boring, I haven't read a magazine in months, because they're boring, and in general I am not exposed to the media's ideal. My fashion role models are my mother, who has never placed much importance on looks, and the church, which is Eastern Orthodox and thus still prefers head coverings in church.Still, it has entered my life and I know I have been affected by it, however small the amount is. If I start thinking that to make a g [...]

I had high hopes for this book. The thesis is good, and well researched and thought out; that said, the writing is ridiculously repetitive and by the last few chapters, I was sick to death of the author's dry, high school term paper diction and redundancy. The other problem with this entire book was the author's browbeating of the point that beyond talking to young people about this ever present Lolita myth (the only original thought in the book, honestly was this naming of the way society and c [...]

Perhaps I'm becoming jaded, but The Lolita Effect left me kind of cold. It's not that the topic of the early and corporate-driven sexualization of girls isn't important. It's not that I don't see the effects of it in my work with adolescents. It's not that the author isn't passionate in her outrage, and practical in her suggestions for combating the issue. It's not that she hasn't done her research. Can't put my finger on what didn't quite ring true

no really new observations here: how media warps little girls' self esteem and self assessment, how does acting like eMpTyV eyecandy equal self empowerment, etc. what amazes me is that people still question such ideas. fuck "studies". of course media imagery affects people. give me a break.

Good resource for media and teaching.

An interesting look at the sexualization of young women and girls in today's society. This book is sort of like a mix between Female Chauvinist Pigs Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture and The Beauty Myth How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women with a little bit of The Body Project An Intimate History of American Girls thrown in.The book tackles 5 myths brought about by Lolita culture - hotness is ideal, the perfect body and how it is unattainable, looking young is the only acceptable way t [...]

I was initially hesitant about reading this because of the cover (Yes, I do judge) and because I was afraid it would have an anti-sex bend on it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Durham is actually quite pro-sex and believes in teaching accurate, sex positive, sex education to children, keeping in mind the range of age and maturity appropriateness. With this, I have to agree!She also accurately touches on the fact that many of the messages in the media that are disguised to be pro-girl ar [...]

This was AMAZING. I reserved judgment throughout the first half of the book because I was having trouble deciding whether Dr. Durham was criticizing public sexuality in all forms, and whether that included what I consider to be perfectly legitimate forms of self expression. However, it soon became clear that her criticism of what she calls the "Lolita Effect" encompasses everything that I take issue with as far as the media intersects with sexuality. More importantly, this book helped me to dist [...]

This is a must-read for parents and teachers of girls, and a should-read for everyone else. I've read my fair share of media criticism, especially about gender inequality and representation. What sets this one apart is that the end of each chapter has an action plan. The title of the book is true to form: each chapter dissects the media sexualization of girls, and ends with what we can do about it. Also useful (especially to me, since I teach similar content in my Popular Culture Studies class) [...]

Lots of opinion, very little documentation. Could have been condensed to about 30 pages--maybe 3. The author also took a narrow approach to the media-iz-ation of young girls, mainly examining how marketers and advertisers promote their sexualization. Maybe for a book, the broader topic of media influence on young girls, in all its forms, would be more appropriate.

I had to read this book for an assignment, though, despite the fact, I did enjoy it! Many of the "myths" (as Durham called them) still pertain to modern issues, especially due to the rise in accessibility of social media. Though, I feel as if the book emphasized media sexualization as the be all, end all of problems within this world at times and thus minimized the adversities other groups such as minorities, lgbtq+, etc. have to face. Nevertheless, The Lolita Effect is a highly informative book [...]

This book covers a topic which is not easy to explore and challenge in a way that is simultaneously protecting girls from exploitative, undermining forces, as well as refraining from 'slut' shaming and reinforcing feminine sexuality as taboo (though I feel this is achieved here). Durham presents a really engaging, personal and thought-provoking argument here, and I really like the "and What we Can do About It" part, because I think that if you're going to problematise anything you're obliged to [...]

This was a really fascinating read although a little dated (published almost 10 years ago). A lot of the content is still relevant, however, and gives you a lot to think about!

I thought that The Lolita Effect was an enjoyable and informative read, although the cover makes it a book you might not want to be seen with in public. Durham examines the sexualization of children in the media, how (and to some extent, why) it exists, and practical advice that is particularly relevant to parents and educators. She positions herself on a middle ground, albeit one that is left-leaning, between those who believe sex is terrible and damaging to kids and those who think sex is alwa [...]

MORE THAN ALITTLE NAUGHTYBrenda R. WeberA review of The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About ItBy M. Gigi DurhamOverlook PressThe Lolita Effect makes alarmingly clear that Lolita, the flirty, 12-year-old protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, has grown into cultural shorthand for a “prematurely, even inappropriately sexual, little girl.” M. Gigi Durham argues that the media oversexualizes girls and supports her case with an accounting of a [...]

It was really interesting to read a book written by a media scholar for a popular audience -- though trying to use your PhD for cred on the cover is not cool when you aren't really a doctor (sorry, communications and journalism are not going to fix a broken bone), I appreciated how much Durham strives throughout to provide parents, educators, and other concerned individuals with concrete advice for working with and supporting girls. Durham also does an excellent job throughout attending to diffe [...]

The Lolita Effect is about the sexualization of little girls. It explores different aspects of this cultural phenomenon which the author calls myths. The most disturbing one is violence is sexy, where the author points out that commonly in horror movies is the sex scene before the kill, which links sex and violence. The whole book is fascinating and for the most part is pointing out the obvious dichotomy in our culture about sex. The media have free rein to do whatever they please, whatever sell [...]

A really good read- some of it I knew, some of it gave research/words/theory to what I couldn't explain, some new stuff I haven't though of. It's easy to digest as she breaks up her ideas into several "myths."I started this both with both hope and fear. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded as Gigi is both pro-sex and and well researched. She does make a distinction between trafficking and sex workers, but I think she's still a biased against sex workers. However, that is not the point of the boo [...]

The Lolita Effect is well researched and I appreciate Durham for writing the book. Sadly, there wasn't really any information presented that I didn't already know or believe, and her views are identical to mine. I was looking for a fresh take on things and I like hearing different voices and opinions (as long as they're reasonable, of course), so the fact that Durham's opinions mirror mine was a tad disappointing. I love the fact that all of her myths were researched and discussed extensively, b [...]

I was aware of most of what this author wrote about, but not the extent to which it pervades our society. We have so thoroughly removed ourselves from the reaches of the media, we just don't see it. No, that's not entirely true. I have children in middle school and high school (as well as elementary). They see it every day at school. It's me who is distant from the influences and therefore, me who needed to read the book and reinform myself. But, I believe that in our family, we are on track for [...]

This book has some good points but it really bothered me that she said Asian and Indian women bleach their skin to look white (she left out that Japanese women have been doing this for thousands of years) I think that's awful and everyone should embrace their natural skin tone,but she left out tanning booths,spray tans,and self tanner that is marketed to white American women to 'give your skin a healthy sun kissed glow!' I like the fact that she criticized Seventeen Magazine,too. It has always b [...]

This book explores the misconception of female sexuality and femininity around the world and how dangerous these can be for girls, especially young girls.This book was really fascinating to read and had a lot of good information.I feel that most people assume that this book will contain all the answers to the questions that it brings up: like why do we fall for these marketed forms of female sexuality? Or just how are we influenced with violence in the media? But the thing about the questions br [...]

Very well written book! even if you're already steeped in the subject matter. (Indeed it ought to be well-written, the author teaches journalism at the famous Iowa U program)This book is an indictment of the corporate industry which sells progressively younger girls a false, oppressive, and ultimately very dangerous version of beauty and sex -- much like Naomi Wolf's "The Beauty Myth". However, unlike "TBM", this book also presents strategies for parents and educators to raise media literacy amo [...]

I found this book to be okay, a solid 3 stars. Definitely glad people are writing books like this, and this one was a solid review, but as many reviewers before me have mentioned, the concepts covered definitely make it better as an introduction into thinking about media & sexualization of girls. If you're brand new to this line of reasoning, this book could be revelatory and immensely important as a source of confirmation/explanation of a lot of things that might not have 'felt right' growi [...]

An eye-opening look at the way our culture and the media uses girls, young women, and female sexuality to sell products and make money, and the harmful effect this has on women. Durham is profesor of journalism and mass communication at the Univ. Of Iowa. She writes that there are five core myths that perpetuate the Lolita Effect. They are; "If you've got it, flaunt it," "The anatomy of a sex goddess," "Pretty babies," "Violence is sexy," and "What boys want." Durham devotes a chapter to each my [...]

Though I was aware of a lot of what Durham writes about in the book, it was a great reminder of the importance of talking with young people very early on about the media and how it portrays women and girls. Media literacy is so important--now more than ever. As a reader who does not yet have children, it motivated me to not only go back to this when I do have children, but also to make sure to have these conversations with the young people I already have in my life. Though most of what Durham di [...]


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